Unless things reverse, which is always possible, it looks like July will see some return to normal life, so I’m preparing to go back to work.
Of course, having moved to the Scottish Highlands mere days before lockdown, this will entail a totally new ‘normal’ for me. I will now be travelling hundreds of miles for a few days of intense work, interspersed with periods of no work at all. This was always the plan, so now to see how it works!
So before we exit lockdown here in Scotland, I thought I’d take you on a wee tour of our (outdoor) lockdown endeavours. I’ve posted some pics of the amazing (even we are amazed) transformation we’ve wrought on some areas of the garden, and now it’s time to sit back and reap the rewards. Yesterday we had our first (socially distanced) visit from friends, and it was so delightful to sit and enjoy our garden, instead of working in it!
To the tour!
As you enter our gate, this bed is to your right – still to be sorted out, but fairly well stocked already
and to your left is this larger bed
Most of our work so far has been at the far end
And looking straight forward from the gate
Along the right hand side of the house, the delphinium planters about to explode with flowers
Walking along with the big bed on your left, we come to the main flower gardens
Walk between these two raised planters into our sanctuary garden. Still a lot of work to do in here, but we made a start with the central bed and some hanging baskets. We have plans for the bank, and for the bed at the far end…
The pea poles and string arrangement is to keep the dogs off, and so far, it’s working!
And then alongside this, we move into the veg garden
Inside the poly tunnel now
Just a glimpse of the main veg beds here – as you can see, they are growing well!
And the Lollo Rosso is doing marvellously in front of the pink fir apple potatoes!
Moving on, another raised bed
And then looking around to the right
Opposite the red hot pokers, this used to be a hugely overgrown soft fruit bed
And so we move on around the rear of the house (or the front, depending upon how you look at it – the front door is actually on this side of the building, but we never use it).
There was a small bed on the left which is also a project for another day
And then finally, the last area, back around to the side of the house – another project in the making, we are planning a rock garden on the right hand side to cover the roots of the tree, and then some decisions yet to be made about the remainder of this area.
I hope you’ve enjoyed your virtual tour, I have no doubt there will be further updates this summer, but for now, it’s back to work!